Henrik Havasi at the age of 100.
|Birth:||17 September 1882|
Soltvadkert, Pest-Pilis-Solt-Kiskun, Austria-Hungary (present-day Hungary)
|Death:||8 November 1990|
Soltvadkert, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary
|Age:||108 years, 52 days|
Henrik Havasi [Hungarian: Havasi Henrik] (17 September 1882 – 8 November 1990) was an Hungarian centenarian who was the oldest living person in Hungary at the time of his death. He was also the oldest known Hungarian man ever until Gergely András Molnár surpassed him in 2006.
Havasi was born as Henrik Hirsch on 17 September 1882 in Soltvadkert, Austria-Hungary (present-day Hungary), into a family with German ancestors. His grandfather (who was at some point the mayor of the town) lived to be 92 and his mother lived to be 98. He had five siblings in total.
Henrik grew up in a farm near Soltvadkert, and he lived his whole life in the area. He first got married in 1907. He fought on the Italian front during World War I for three years. He returned home in December 1918, and got married again the next year. Henrik and his wife brought up nine children. He worked as a farmer until his 90s. He became a widower at age 95.
In his last years, Henrik mainly lived with one of his daughters, but often stayed at other family members for weeks. In 1988, at age 105, he became the oldest living person in Hungary. Both his physical and mental health started to deteriorate at age 106, but his appetite was still great. At that time, he had 24 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
After his 107th birthday, he got pneumonia three times in a row, but was always able to recover. Henrik Havasi died in Soltvadkert, Bacs-Kiskun, Hungary on 8 November 1990 at the age of 108 years, 52 days.
- Petőfi Népe, October 1982
- Petőfi Népe, September 1988
- Petőfi Népe, September 1990
- Petőfi Népe, November 1990
|Hungary's Oldest Living Person Titleholders (V • E)|
Maria Orsos • Henrik Havasi • Sandorne Sarkozi • Istvanne Ladi • Janosne Ando • Antalne Banga • Ilka Zolnai • Istvanne Morocz • Jozsefne Szucs • Sandorne Csiki • Janosne Varga • Gergely Andras Molnar • Lajosne Buzaky • Janosne Szentirmay • Ferencne Kustos • Margit Ambrus • Matyasne Kovesdi • Gyorgyne Toth • Janosne Kudasz • Rezso Gallai • Maria Hoffner • Jozsefne Nagy • Margit Dezsone Kovacs • Janosne Belik • Veronika Zsilinszki • Istvanne Fejes